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EDF Renewable Services (EDF RS) and Romax Technology have signed a partnership agreement whereby EDF RS will provide labor specialists for Romax’s technical and engineering services.

By combining Romax’s deep technical knowledge in drivetrain design, turbine reliability and independent engineering with EDF Renewable Services expert field technicians and years of experience, the companies together will provide greater value to their customers by rapidly deploying technicians and reducing costs.

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Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, recently announced it will build, own and operate a 110 MW wind power project, Los Vientos V, in Starr County, Texas.

Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) have signed 25-year agreements to purchase the power produced by the project.

“We’re proud to be partnering with these progressive utilities to make renewable energy more widely available to their customers,” said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. “One of the key advantages of our Los Vientos projects is they generate the majority of their power during the day, when customer demand is greatest.” Figure 1

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Safety Council this week renewed their alliance to work together to protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels today announced the alliance renewal at National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego, Calif. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the National Safety Council to educate and train employers on preventing workplace hazards,” Michaels said. “Through our continued work with the NSC, we are working with employers to create a culture of safety to...

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As the warmer weather is waning for most wind farms here in the U.S., the window for efficient blade repair service is quickly drawing to a close. This is because the blade repair guys don’t like to get cold and will soon be heading out to the Bahamas for an all winter party.

The main reason that blade repairs are a mostly seasonal service is because the materials used for repair are temperature sensitive. Some materials that can cure in a few hours in 80 degrees can take days to cure in temperatures below 70 degrees. Although we can help the cure along by applying heat, this process consumes more time, and as they say — time is money. This process is just not as efficient as it is in warmer weather.

So, what about blade insp...

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In the fast-growing industry of wind power, new technologies for gearboxes, blades, rotors, and other major components are emerging every day but something that is often overlooked is the root cause of most turbine failures.

Gearbox and hydraulic system failures make up the highest number of failures in the wind power industry, resulting in fire, shutdown, and loss of production. In order to minimize the downtime and costs associated with replacing a failed gearbox, don’t let it fail. In order to reduce failure of gearboxes, find the root cause of the failure. In the majority of cases the root cause is contamination (mostly ferrous metals and silica dust) wearing the gearbox components prematurely. This contamination is the result ...

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Hydratech Industries Wind Power has opened a state-of-the-art service and repair facility in the United States with world-class hydraulic cylinder design and manufacturing experts to service and repair hydraulic cylinders for pitch hydraulics and hydraulic braking.

With three manufacturing facilities strategically located world-wide, two research and design facilities and now a repair and service facility in the U.S., HWP has shifted to a major focus in providing a service oriented business around the needs of renewable energy technology providers, as well as to continue manufacturing components that are built to endure harsh operating conditions for this market.

The new service and repair wind power facility is strategically located at ...

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Availon recently established Availon Energy Management GmbH (AEM), a subsidiary seeking to complement the company’s existing technical service solutions by offering customer-specific energy management, wind performance forecasts, direct marketing support, contract management and further commercial services.

Among other areas, AEM focuses on the calibration and optimization of wind forecasts, which are in part based on the specific features of the respective wind farms. The standardization of communications between all areas makes it easier for service companies, senior management and energy traders to coordinate their activities. It also enables the usage of uniform procedures in the event that deficits are discovered. The financia...

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Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages.

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Ariz., which operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa.

Sandia manager Daniel Laird said AMII is a collection of small, targeted projects. Of 49 proposals considered by the project committee, the 22 accepted projects included automated laying and finishing, using simulation to ...

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The U.S. Department of Energy in September announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative in support of the American manufacturing sector and a new initiative to support President Obama’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. By advancing the development of innovative manufacturing technologies, investing in substantial energy efficiency upgrades at production plants across the country, and training American workers for the advanced manufacturing jobs of tomorrow, the Department of Energy is helping make America’s manufacturing sector even stronger in an intensely competitive global market.

“In part due to a dramatic increase in domestic energy production and the Obama Administration’s p...

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ABB, the leading power and automation group, will install its PowerStore, an integrated commercial flywheel technology to integrate with a battery system on Kodiak Island in Alaska to enable the integration of more renewable energy from an expanded wind farm to its microgrid and also to address stability challenges that will arise from a crane upgrade being undertaken to enhance its port operations. The project is being undertaken on behalf of Kodiak Electric Association, an electric cooperative owned by residents of the Island.

Kodiak Island, off Alaska’s south coast, is the second largest island in the United States. Its 15,000 residents live in just seven communities — the largest being the port town of Kodiak. KEA operate...

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